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AAOE News
  • Thank you to our 2013 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors
  • Calendar of Events

  • AAOE Practice Management November Tool Kit: Ancillary Services
  • AAOE related content: Upcoming and archived online education
  • Higher use of advanced imaging services by providers who self-refer costing Medicare millions
  • Organizational boundaries of medical practice: The case of physician ownership of ancillary services
  • 5 things to know for orthopedic practices about adding ancillary services
  • 6 ancillary services to increase your orthopedic practice revenue
  • Physician-owned ancillary care facilities can provide financial boost

  • Around the Industry
  • Young surgeons less tired, less prepared with fewer hours
  • Biggest obstacles to stage 2 EHR bonuses revealed
  • Medicare excludes midsized physician groups from start of new payment system
  • CMS increases outpatient payments
  • White House won't oppose new challenge to 2010 healthcare law
  • Oddsmakers predict sequestration and SGR delay
  • Betting on value-based care




  •  AAOE NEWS

    Thank you to our 2013 AAOE Annual Conference sponsors and exhibitors
    AAOE    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    We are excited to acknowledge our sponsors and exhibitors for the 2013 Annual Conference, which will be taking place April 28-30 in San Diego. Check out our current list of sponsors and exhibitors, which we will continue to update weekly. Thank you 2013 sponsors and exhibitors, we appreciate your support towards a successful 2013 conference.



     CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Nov. 15
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CDT
    *AAOE Peer-to-Peer Audio Conference: Minimal Investment Ancillary Services: Improve Outcomes, Income and Patient Satisfaction sponsored by Clinic Growth Partners, LLC and AAOE Register
    Dec. 14-15 Disaster Response Course, Developed by SOMOS, co-sponsored by AAOS, OTA and POSNA in Naples, Fla. Register

       *AAOE members: To register, log into the AAOE Live Learning Center and click on "Members Only" in the left sidebar. If you need further assistance, please call AAOE at 800-247-9699.



     AAOE PRACTICE MANAGEMENT NOVEMBER TOOL KIT: ANCILLARY SERVICES


    AAOE related content: Upcoming and archived online education
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    Nov. 15 Minimal Investment Ancillary Services: Improve Outcomes, Income and Patient Satisfaction peer-to-peer audio conference
    AAOE member, Gabrielle Morgan, shares her experience regarding the clinical benefits and qualification of ancillary services, as well as the set up and implementation, tracking success and determining impact.

    AAOE members: To access your free registration link, log in to the AAOE Live Learning Center. Once logged in, click on "Members Only" in the left sidebar.

    Past AAOE Annual Conference content
    Visit the AAOE Live Learning Center to access.

    • 2012 course: How to Generate New and/or Increase Existing Ancillary Revenue for Your Practice: A Panel Discussion. J. Kelly Cunningham, MD; Sheila Tonn-Knopf, MHA, CMPE; and Chris Morris, ATIC provide three different perspectives of what it takes to make an in-office DME program successful.

    • 2011 course: Orthopaedic Ancillaries Update on Financial/Operational Benchmarks and Regulatory Developments. Cary Edgar, JD; Jeff Boomershine, CPA; and Eric Seeber, MBA provide three perspectives of the financial performance of ancillary imaging, physical therapy and DME and share financial benchmarks from each of these ancillaries.


    Higher use of advanced imaging services by providers who self-refer costing Medicare millions
    U.S. Government Accountability Office, Sept. 28    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently published a report regarding the associated tradeoffs of in-office ancillary services owned by physicians. Read the summary and access the full report here.

    Organizational boundaries of medical practice: The case of physician ownership of ancillary services
    Health Economics Review, April 5    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    This article explores the organizational boundaries of physician ownership of ancillary services. More


    Is Coding Driving You Nuts?

    The Coding Network’s 330 single specialty coders and auditors work with 230 ASCs across the country. All coder/auditors are certified and have a minimum of 3 and 5 years respectively of ASC coding experience. Stop by our booth #810 and take advantage of our free coding review or contact Neal Green at (310) 459-4186 or ngreen@codingnetwork.com.
    eClinical Works
    eClinicalWorks offers a comprehensive EHR solution, so Practice Management works in concert with the entire eClinicalWorks line. It is just one part of an inclusive product, combining an EMR, PM, community health exchange, reporting system, mobile system, patient messaging system and patient Web portal.
    NovaOrtho
    A complete, top-rated, web-based image and information management system that provides you with the tools you need to improve patient workflow, increase your efficiency and save you time and money. NovaOrtho improves patient workflow by allowing you to view patient images anytime, anywhere.


    5 things to know for orthopaedic practices about adding ancillary services
    Becker's Hospital Review, July 18, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Employing your own physical therapists helps your practice to reap the most profit, adds to patient value and convenience and helps differentiate your practice from others. More



    6 ancillary services to increase your orthopaedic practice revenue
    OrthoStreams, June 17, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Simply increasing patient volume may no longer be enough to maintain grown of revenue in today’s orthopaedic practice. Adding ancillary services to generate additional revenue can be the key to your financial success. More

    Physician-owned ancillary care facilities can provide financial boost
    Orthopedics Today, April 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It isn't just about the financial boost when adding physician-owned ancillary care facilities, it is about the ability to monitor each phase of patient care to achieve stronger outcomes for your patient. More

     AROUND THE INDUSTRY


    Young surgeons less tired, less prepared with fewer hours
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Orthopaedic surgeons-in-training said they were tired less often after rules regulating how much they could work went into place, according to new survey results. But the residents didn't actually get any more sleep under the limited work hours policy. And they also said they felt less prepared as doctors and were less satisfied with their education. More

    Biggest obstacles to stage 2 EHR bonuses revealed
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    About 251,000 physicians and other eligible professionals already have received more than $2.6 billion in payments for the first stage of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' electronic health records incentive program. Collecting for stage 2 will rely on two things that, by and large, physicians have so far skipped: getting patients to look at their paperless records and exchanging data with others. More

    Medicare excludes midsized physician groups from start of new payment system
    Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Medicare is sparing midsized physicians groups from the first phase of the government's effort to pay doctors based on the quality of care. Medicare had originally planned to apply the "value-based payment modifier" to medical groups of 25 or more professionals, starting in January 2015 but based on physician performance during 2013. But Medicare changed the plan to only include medical groups of 100 or more practitioners in the initial rollout. More


    We're Rad to the Bone!
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    Agfa HealthCare

    Agfa HealthCare is a leading provider of integrated IT solutions, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and contrast media solutions for hospitals and other healthcare centers.
    MORE


    CMS increases outpatient payments
    FierceHealthcare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Starting in the new year, hospitals will see a 1.8 percent payment increase for outpatient services, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System to become effective Jan. 1. Under the OPPS final rule, ambulatory surgery centers also will see a 0.6 percent increase, leading to approximately $4.07 billion in total payments next year. More

    White House won't oppose new challenge to 2010 healthcare law
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Obama administration cleared the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a lawsuit that challenges the 2010 healthcare overhaul on religious grounds, including a claim that it helps fund abortions. Liberty University, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., had challenged the individual mandate, which required Americans to obtain insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, and a mandate requiring big employers to provide coverage for workers. More

    Oddsmakers predict sequestration and SGR delay
    American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    White House and congressional officials in Washington have acknowledged that the large federal budget cuts and tax increases set for early 2013 probably won't happen. The fiscal cliff, which includes significant cuts to Medicare and other federal health programs, could be avoided through temporary fixes after the Nov. 6 presidential election. Lawmakers appear to be leaning toward punting these issues to the next Congress. More

    Betting on value-based care
    HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As the shift to value-based purchasing of healthcare services nears, in fits and starts and at different speeds in different areas, leaders of hospitals, health systems and physician practices know they need to rethink quality, safety and reimbursement. Given the uncertainty of an array of carrot-and-stick incentives from federal and state payers, coupled with the vagaries of the regional or local commercial insurance and employer market, it's little wonder that healthcare leaders are discussing their options in the language of gambling. More
     

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